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SAN ANTONIO - Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance. Adam Humphries Jersey .The joyful tidings were a drastic change from the scowling, screaming, chest-thumping passion Westbrook showed after essentially walking into the Spurs home on Christmas and kicking aside their presents.Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists, and ignited a decisive run in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma City beat San Antonio 114-106 on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last seasons Western Conference Finals.Regardless of whats going on, like I said before and Im going to keep saying it, my job is to attack, Westbrook said.He led the Thunder to their sixth straight regular-season victory over the defending NBA champions in the first meeting between the teams since San Antonio topped Oklahoma City in six games on the way to a fifth title.The Thunder were without reigning MVP Kevin Durant, and the Spurs were missing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, but there was still plenty of firepower thanks to Oklahoma Citys emotional point guard.Westbrook was 14 for 28 from the field and had five rebounds and five steals in a fevered performance over 35 minutes.Youve just got to rally behind him, said Thunder guard Anthony Morrow, who had 15 points. Hes a leader, natural born. He comes out there, he plays hard.Serge Ibaka had 21 points, including going 3 for 4 on 3-pointers for Oklahoma City (14-16). Steven Adams added 16 points and 15 rebounds to offset San Antonio centre Tiago Splitter matching his season-high with 14 points.It was a physical rematch between the rivals, with referees having to separate Kendrick Perkins and Manu Ginobili in the first half, and Westbrook and Cory Joseph in the second.I thought they outplayed us almost in every facet of the game, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. When somebody retrieves 50 per cent of their shots, you cant say youre focused or playing competitive in any way, shape or form.When you add turnovers to that and missed assignments defensively, its a pitiful performance.Westbrook wasnt in a festive mood despite standing among many fans wearing Santa hats, and Happy Holidays messages emblazoned on the stanchions of both baskets.The Spurs rallied while Westbrook sat for six minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters.Ginobili leapt and feigned a pass right, feeding Splitter on the left side for a layup and a 77-75 lead to close the quarter.Westbrook made two contested layups upon his return to tie the game at 86, sparking a 20-7 run that gave Oklahoma City a 102-93 lead with 3 minutes remaining. Westbrook had 15 points in the run.He does what he does night in and night out, Spurs guard Danny Green said. He attacks the rim relentlessly. He gets to the free throw line. He had some open looks for their shooters. He did it all for his team.He carried them and he led them pretty much the whole way. He took over in the fourth quarter.Matt Bonner had 17 points to lead seven players in double figures for San Antonio (18-12), which has lost five of six.Tim Duncan had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Spurs. Duncan left with 4:31 remaining, walking gingerly and grabbing the brace on his left knee, but returned 2 minutes later.TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City, which ranks second in the league in rebounding at 45.6 per game, outrebounded San Antonio 47-38. ... The Thunder were playing on Christmas for the fifth straight season. ... Westbrook has scored 20-plus points in 14 straight games, the longest streak of his career. Rookie F Mitch McGary (left leg) sat out along with Durant.Spurs: San Antonio has 18 games in December, which will tie the franchise record for the most played in the month. The December schedule includes seven back-to-back games. ... Duncan has played in 1,279 career games, surpassing former Lakers forward A.C. Green for 19th on the NBA career list. Ex-Knicks big man Charles Oakley is 18th at 1,282. ... Duncan took a hard fall while attempting to block Westbrooks shot with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter. After staying down for nearly a minute, Duncan rose and immediately began complaining because a foul was called against him. ... San Antonio used its 18th starting lineup.UP NEXTThunder: Host Charlotte on Friday.Spurs: Visit New Orleans on Friday.HERES LOOKING AT YOUWestbrook twice stared down Popovich after providing the Thunder with an emotional lift that led the Spurs to call timeout. He initially turned toward Popovich after assisting on a 3-pointer by Morrow. Westbrook then stood at midcourt screaming in celebration as the Spurs coach called timeout with his team behind 46-40 with 4:12 remaining in the first half. Westbrook later hit a jumper over Duncan and Tony Parker, hitting the floor after getting bumped without a foul being called. Westbrook rose in defiance and banged his chest with a fist twice as Popovich called a timeout.GDAY MATEPopovich said Spurs guard Patty Mills, who has missed the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery, is cleared to play but that he is holding him out to ensure he is completely healthy. The 6-foot guard from Australia provided San Antonio with an offensive spark last season, especially in the NBA Finals, with his 3-point shooting. Bryan Anger Jersey . Like a magic trick, the puck popped out behind Stalock in the San Jose net. While Sharks coach Todd McLellan decried the legality of the tiebreaking goal, the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their latest, greatest escape yet. Gerald McCoy Jersey . Ben Street scored twice for the Heat (17-5-1), who won their fourth game in a row and 13th in their last 14 outings. Brett Bulmer scored the lone goal for the Wild (6-11-0), who dropped their sixth straight contest. http://www.shoptheofficialbuccaneers.com/Elite-JR-Sweezy-Buccaneers-Jersey/ . - Pierre-Maxime Poudrier scored twice and added an assist, and Antoine Bibeau made 43 saves as the Val-dOr Foreur downed the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6-3 on Sunday to force Game 7 in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final series. MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Minnesota Vikings filed into their locker room at the Metrodome for the last time, Leslie Frazier was there to greet them with a handshake and a hug. The Vikings picked up one more victory at the soon-to-be-demolished stadium, perhaps a parting gift for the popular coach. Fittingly, the Detroit Lions left on the losing end. Cordarrelle Patterson scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and the Vikings beat the Lions 14-13 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Metrodomes 32 seasons. From Patterson to Adrian Peterson, player after player passionately voiced their support for Frazier, whose record over three-plus years is 21-33-1. Peterson promised to make his plea directly to the owners on Monday. Frazier urged the front office to bring him and his staff back. "I just have a lot of belief in my abilities as a coach and have a lot of belief in the guys on our team and a lot of belief in our staff, and for that reason you dont have to walk in fear," Frazier said, flashing a brief smile. "You just know that things are going to work out." Owner Zygi Wilf declined to comment about a decision on Frazier, who has one season left on his contract. General manager Rick Spielman was mum, too. The Lions held Calvin Johnson out because of a nagging knee injury. Matthew Stafford stopped his turnover streak and completed 22 of 33 passes for 217 yards and a third-quarter touchdown pass to Bush, but the Lions finished 7-24 at this stadium, which was inflated in 1982. They finished the year with six losses in their last seven games despite holding a fourth-quarter lead in all of them, putting coach Jim Schwartz on the metaphorical hot seat, too. "Its definitely been very rocky, and its not been easy to deal with," said running back Reggie Bush. "Its been an emotional roller coaster, going from being in first place to where we are now, thats not how you want to end the season." Schwartz fell to 29-52 over five full years. Both he and Frazier have made the playoffs once. "We cant worry about decisions we dont make," Schwartz said, adding: "Id certainly like to be back. I think we have unfinished busineess here. Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey. . Weve come a long way in these years, but we still have some ground that we can make and Im anxious to have a chance to do that." There will be no more business in this building, which will be torn down next month to make room for a new domed venue on the same site. The Vikings will play outside the next two seasons at the University of Minnesotas facility. "I love the stadium. But when you see the pictures of the new one, youre anxious and excited to get into the new one," said Peterson, who was held out due to a sprained foot. He set the NFLs all-time single-game rushing record here in 2007 with 296 yards. Third-stringer Matt Asiata filled in with 14 carries for 115 yards. Jared Allen had two sacks to pass the double-digit mark for the seventh straight season. Cassel had the winning touchdown throw. He was the quarterback at the end of all five Vikings victories this year, two in injury relief of Christian Ponder. The Vikings also narrowly avoided setting a franchise record for most points allowed, leaving the 1984 team still holding that dubious mark. This still might not have been enough to save Fraziers job, however. "I enjoyed playing for Leslie. He came in each and every day with a demeanour to try to get this team ready to play, and I respect that about him and how he went about his business. There never was anybody, especially in his case, hanging his head when things didnt go our way," Cassel said. Patterson wasnt ready for the opening kickoff, slapping the goalpost and trying to fire up fans behind him when the ball sailed in the end zone. Chase Ford caught it for a touchback. Patterson quickly refocused, though. Late in the first quarter, he took a pitch in the backfield, immediately reversed course and ran right toward the sideline. He slipped between Ndamukong Suh and Devin Taylor, then snaked his way through the rest of the defence for a 50-yard gain, the longest rushing play in Vikings history by a wide receiver. NOTES: Patterson finished his rookie year with nine TDs, including six in the last five games. ... Bush and fellow RB Joique Bell each finished with 500-plus yards receiving. 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